Strains of Kratom
Kratom Strains Defined
Each strain is typically labeled with two different parts: the vein color and the area of origin, or where it was grown/harvested. Vein colors come from the color of the large “vein” that is running down the center of a leaf, which is pretty much an extension of the stem of the kratom plant. The place of origin will be the name of a country or area of the Island.
There are three vein colors: red, white, and green. While each strain of kratom will effect you in basically the same way, each vein color does something a little different.
Red veined kratom mostly tends to be relaxing and sedating, with great pain relief and decent mood enhancement.
White veined kratom is typically on the other end of the spectrum, having excellent mood-enhancing and energizing qualities, with mild to moderate pain relief.
Green veined kratom is almost always in the middle of both red and white with equal parts pain relief, relaxation, energy, and a good mood boost. A popular saying in the kratom community is “White to get right, green for in between, and red before bed”, white veined strains for morning, green veined strains for afternoon, and red veined strains for evening.
You can always try blending strains and vein colors to find synergy and balance effects. For example, adding a red veined variety to a white may knock down the energy level a little if you find the white to be too energizing or balance out the relaxation if the red too sedating. Similarly, adding either to a green veined kratom may give it more of an energy boost or expand the pain relieving properties, respectively.
Let’s move on to the areas of origin. For the most part, you will see kratom being labeled with areas originating in Southeast Asia. You may see strains labeled as Borneo, Bali, Indo, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Sundanese, Sumatran, and Kali or strains like Betnuangie and Hulu Kapuas, which are just “deep jungle” kratom specialty or rare kratom strains and blends. You will also find vendors label at least one strain as “Maeng Da”. The term is now used to label a strong or premium strain of kratom, usually Thai unless otherwise stated, but sometimes refers to strong or premium blends.
Here are the effects to expect with each area of origin:
Borneo: Borneo kratom tends to be very pain relieving and are pretty versatile depending on the vein color. Green Borneo tends to be more relaxing than energizing, Both white and red veined kratom in this category give the expected effects of the vein colors listed.
Thai: Just about every vein color in this catagory tends to be towards the energetic side, even the red vein. Each also has pretty good pain relief.
Bali: Bali kratom is almost always a red vein, unless labeled otherwise. Bali kratom is a great place to start out as it has both mild energetic and relaxation properties, and great pain relief.
Sumatra: This kratom is on the relaxing side, even the white vein of this variety. This one is good for pain relief and relaxation.
Vietnam: White vein is very balanced strain with fantastic pain relief and mental focus.
Malaysian: Malay seems to be a great “middle of the road” kratom variety. You’ll mostly see it as a green vein, with great pain relief, mental focus, energy, and relaxation all that the same time. A red vein is very relaxing, perfect for nighttime.
Kali: Kali, is a fantastic pain reliever and on the energetic side with a nice mood boost.
Indo: Almost always sedating no matter the vein color. This one is a go-to for pain relief. White and green vein Indo strains are slightly energetic.
Hulu Kapuas, Bentuangie, Sundanese: These are specialty strains or blends, and tend to be individualistic when it comes to effects, meaning they will effect each person differently. Bentuangie is typically pain relieving and energetic, Hulu Kapuas is typically a great energy and mood boost, Sundanese is typically very pain relieving and sedating. Some experience exact opposite effects from other kratom users, so proceed with caution and keep an open mind when trying any of these for the first time.